I can’t deny it. I am becoming increasingly more excited about our trip to Japan and can’t wait to go. Only four weeks left now! We finally booked our Japan Railpass last night and splashed out on First Class travel. But whilst my anticipation for our holiday grows, a little anxiety and apprehension is creeping in simultaneously. This is the first international trip that I have planned and booked by myself. I can’t help but worry that not everything will go to plan.
I was spoilt rotten as a child and had the extreme pleasure of travelling to one or several different countries every year. My parents got divorced when I was young and we moved to France with my mum, leaving my dad behind in Germany. As a means of bonding with his children and because he is a travel fanatic himself, my dad whisked us away on an adventure abroad every summer holiday. These childhood vacations played a big part in forming the person I am today. Whilst the trips to Scotland with my mum and stepdad developed a keen sense for architecture and an interest in culture and history, the holidays with my dad opened my mind to the different cultures and scale of the globe. Not only did these trips make me the person I am, they are also some of the most cherished moments of my life so far.
LOS HAITISES NATIONAL PARK
The best way to travel across the Dominican Republic is on Horseback. It allows you to access remote beaches and alcoves in the mountains that might be to difficult to access by foot or car. Guided tours on Horseback are a very common in the Dominican Republic and it isn’t difficult to book at least one or two. The couple that led us through the mountains was extremely friendly and knowledgeable and I still have very fond memories of them. Unfortunately I cannot recall their surname. Neither can I findan exact match on the internet. Perhaps not so surprising as this was 9 years ago and the lady was not at the peak of her youth even a decade ago. I did, however, find a very similar facility very close to, or even on their premises. If my guess were true, their operation is now called Rudys Ranch and run by locals, with the same ethical pricnciples of looking after / rescuing horses and restoring them to good health.
One of the remote beaches we visited on our numerous horseback adventures was Playa Madama, a small beach on the Samana Peninsula., 3 miles from Arroyo del Cabo. Here I had the immense pleasure of eating Mangos and Almonds picked straight from the tree and drinking the freshest of Coconut Water. Our guide climbed all the way up into a Palm Tree to get some Coconuts for us. To this day I don’t know how he did it.
QUAD BIKES IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Another great way to travel around the Dominican Republic is with a Quad Bike. Again opportunities to do so are numerous and you won’t find it difficult to find a tour of your liking. Just remember you should be at least 16 years old before you can drive one of these vehicles.
I am not the type of girl who will happily lie in the sun the whole day to nurture my tan. In fact I tend to retreat into the shade after a maximum of 30 minutes.On the other hand lying in the water on a secluded beach, somewhat sheltered by a palm tree, is perfectably acceptable. Playa Rincon is one of the most beautiful beaches of the Dominican Republic, if not the world. In fact I believe it won several awards. And yet it remains extremely secluded, far away from hotels and resorts. The white sand beach stretches 4Km and is dotted with Palm Trees. The road to the beach is a bit rough and I believe we hired a boat at Las Galeras that dropped us off in the morning and picked us back up later that afternoon.
Our last day was spent on Las Terrenas, a csomopolitain town on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic. This town has a lively mix of styles and a flamboyant social scene. Las Terrenas is known for its scenic views and white sand beaches. There are quite a few shopping centers in the town and you will come across many fashionable women browsing the latest offers.